With an ever-increasing population of concealed carriers, the U.S. market is lousy with single-stack, sub-compact pistols. I don’t think we’re anywhere near saturation, either. Which opens up the doors to handguns like the inexpensive, Argentinian Bersa BP9CC. Cheap and cheerful concealed carry companion or South American Saturday Night Special?
I was introduced to Bersa pistols some years ago by a friend who picked up a Thunder .380 ACP for concealed carry. Although this particular pistol was a basic model, the slide was tight and smooth, the accuracy was right on the money and it proved to be reliable with a variety of ammunition. When I heard my friend had paid less than $300 for this solid little shooter, I was even more impressed.
There are some guns you immediately like when you see them. The Bersa BP9CC was like that for me. When I first read the press release about them before the 2012 SHOT Show, I thought “There is the pistol Glock refuses to make.”